“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…”
– Matthew 28:19
I’ve really delighted in sharing the Word of God with my family, my friends, and those most in need of his mercy. Often times I am asked, “what are you giving up for Lent?”. I respond by saying, “well, I have a few things that I give up, but I also try to ‘do’ things too.” One of my Lenten sacrifices is to read more scripture. Yes, scripture.
In a recent homily, our humble celebrant offered a great way to reach out to others: spending time with others. Recently, I have tried reaching out to a friend that has had a pretty tough life dealing with health issues and struggles with his faith identity. Although he has achieved things in his life, he has expressed doubts in his self worth. My hope is that someday he can be open to God before hitting a bottom. All we can do for those in need who are close to us is be there for them, pray for them, and recognize that while they might be in a gray area in their life, we can still reflect the healing rays of light God shines down upon us. While reading one of St. Paul’s epistles, I realized that no matter what state in life a person happens to be in, they are still part of the mystical body of Christ.
When we look back to Greek and Latin literature, society is frequently referenced as a body. Here in America, we have corporations with their own organizational culture, a large group of people who work toward a common end. We see this too in our educational communities, faculty, staff, and of course the student “body”. To further the body concept, we can look to 1 Corinthians which outlines the manifestation of the Spirit within us as individuals and for the common good.
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body … and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13